Rebecca Gayheart

Rebecca Gayheart

Gayheart in 2011, photo by DFree/

Place of Birth: Hazard, Perry, Kentucky, United States

Date of Birth: August 12, 1971

Ethnicity: English, Scottish, German, Irish

Rebecca Gayheart is an American model and actress. She is known for her roles in the films Nothing to Lose, Scream 2, Hairshirt, the Urban Legend franchise, Jawbreaker, From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter, Shadow Hours, Harvard Man, Pipe Dream, Santa’s Slay, G.B.F., and Grey Lady, and on television’s Loving, Vanishing Son, Earth 2, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Robin Cook’s Invasion. She was the “Noxzema girl” in the 1990s.

Rebecca is the daughter of Floneva, a Mary Kay independent beauty consultant, and Curtis Gayheart, a miner and coal truck driver. She was raised in Pine Top, Kentucky, and relocated to New York City, New York at fifteen, after winning a modeling contest. Rebecca is married to actor Eric Dane, with whom she has two children.

Rebecca has English, Scottish, German, and Irish ancestry. She is from a Southern Baptist religious background.

Various internet sources have stated that Rebecca also has Italian and Cherokee Native American ancestry. It is not clear if these lineages have been verified/documented.

Rebecca’s patrilineal line can be traced to Paul Frederich Gearheart, who was born, c. 1662, in Saxony, Germany.

Rebecca’s paternal grandfather was Frank “Bud” Gayheart (the son of Alexander “Alex” Gayheart and Molly/Mollie Manus/Manns). Frank was born in Kentucky. Alexander was the son of Allen “Buck” Gayheart and Sarah “Sally” Flannery. Molly was the daughter of John Wesley Mann/Manns and Elizabeth S./Stacy Risner.

Rebecca’s paternal grandmother was Beatrice Hoskins (the daughter of Charles/Charley Hoskins and Clara Roberts). Beatrice was born in Kentucky. Charles was the son of Farmer Hoskins and Margaret/Margeret Hayes. Clara was the daughter of Lucinda Bowling or Couch.

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather was Ollis Slone (the son of Farris/Faris/Pharis Slone and Mary Elizabeth Reynolds). Ollis was born in Kentucky. Farris was the son of John Pigman Slone and Christina Branham Smith. Mary Elizabeth was the daughter of John J. Reynolds and Mary Elizabeth Slone.

Rebecca’s maternal grandmother was Ollie Geraldine Tolliver (the daughter of D./Dock Harvey Tolliver and Mary/Marry Polly/Potter). Ollie was born in Kentucky. Dock was the son of Melvin Burton Tolliver and Arminda “R.” A. Baker. Mary/Marry was the daughter of John Henry Polly and Lettishia “Lettie” Craft‏.

Sources: Genealogy of Rebecca Gayheart (focusing on her father’s side) –

Rebecca’s paternal grandfather, Frank “Bud” Gayheart, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Rebecca’s maternal aunt (her mother’s sister), Mary Ann (Slone) Mullins –

Rebecca’s maternal grandfather, Ollis Slone, on the 1940 U.S. Census –

Rebecca’s maternal great-grandparents, Farris/Faris/Pharis Slone and Mary Elizabeth Reynolds, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandfather, Farris/Faris/Pharis Slone –

Genealogies of Rebecca’s maternal grandmother, Ollie Geraldine Tolliver –

Rebecca’s maternal grandmother, Ollie Geraldine Tolliver, on the 1930 U.S. Census –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s maternal great-grandfather, D./Dock Harvey Tolliver –

Genealogy of Rebecca’s maternal great-great-grandmother, Arminda “R.” A. (Baker) Tolliver –


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25 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    We don’t know much about her mother’s side, maybe it’s where her Irish/Italian ancestry might come from

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